Spring Breakers, aka, Disney Girls Gone Wild

Ahhh spring has officially sprung and it’s time for new growth, clearing out the cold of winter and bringing a little sunshine back to all of our lives. What always comes with the start of Spring here in Florida, though, is an influx of college students from across the country, camera crews from MTV or Girls Gone Wild and floods of DUI arrests, negative decision making, etc. – Yes, I am talking about Spring Break! While I may be a little late on the bus with this one, (I believe Spring Break has already come and gone for most schools across the country,) I did recently watch a film about the annual event of Spring Break that I thought was just brilliant and served as my inspiration for this post. The film I am talking about is, of course, “Spring Breakers,” directed by Harmony Korine, writer of a long-time favorite of mine, “Kids,” as well as the brilliant mind-f@$& of a film, “Ken Park.”
“Spring Breakers” is the story of four girls desperate to go to Spring Break in Florida but lacking the funds to do so. In order to get to Spring Break, they rob a fast food restaurant with hammers, in what turns out to be only the first in a long series of life-altering negative decisions for these girls. I won’t give any more away because I definitely recommend checking the film out for yourselves, but I will say that one of the most brilliant things about this film was definitely the casting decisions. You see, two of these four girls are played by stars of some of the Disney Channel’s most wholesome programming – Vanessa Hudgens of “High Shool Musical” fame and Selena Gomez, former star of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Casting these Disney stars as girls going wild on Spring Break just seemed like one of the most brilliant and fascinating casting moves I have seen in a long time! So, it only seemed natural to me to showcase these stars here at Beausic, as I am a big fan of both of them and was very excited to see them making such a bold career move with this film!

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Vanessa Hudgens’ career began as the female lead in Disney Channel’s epically successful film franchise “High School Musical,” alongside her then boyfriend, Zac Efron. Together, they were America’s most wholesome superstar couple for a moment in time… But only a moment. It was actually during the height of the “High School Musical” franchise that Vanessa’s image started to become tarnished, when a set of low-quality cell phone nudes of her leaked to the Internet. After this scandal blew over fairly quickly, Vanessa went on to release two solo albums, including the first in my “Flop of the Month Club” series here, “Identified.” After the failure of her two albums, though, she set her sights on Hollywood and starred in a handful of films, including two personal favorites of mine, “Bandslam,” and “Beastly,” but has yet to really make a splash in film, either. Due to her early leaked nudes and various other minor scandals throughout her career, Vanessa’s role as the all-in, full-throttle, down-for-whatever bad girl in “Spring Breakers” isn’t as much a shocking move as it is a well thought out one! Vanessa also recorded an absolutely brilliant track for the film’s soundtrack called “$$$ex,” which I have included below because it has probably been getting more plays on my iPod than any other song over the past couple of weeks and I just had to share it with you all!

I wanted to do a tutorial for a look from the film itself for Vanessa, so I took inspiration from the promo images for the film, in which Vanessa wears a look very similar to what she wears throughout the film – it’s very “slap-dash” thrown-together type of look and I really wanted to capture that in the tutorial, as well. This essentially means that I did things quickly while filming – put on foundation with my hands, used bronzer on my eyes, etc. See for yourself below!

Vanessa CF 02
Vanessa CF 01
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PRODUCTS USED:
FACE:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Natural Beige
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in Neutralizer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
Revlon PhotoReady Pressed Powder in Light/Medium
Physician’s Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic
EYES:
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Physician’s Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Maybelline Volum’Express The Rocket Mascara
Elf Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
LIPS:
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Honey

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While Vanessa Hudgens’ image was already considerably more adult, for Selena Gomez, “Spring Breakers” is definitely a bold career move. Selena’s public image has been pristine and she is really still at the height of her success, so taking part in a film of such extremes is actually pretty risky for her. Of course, this is probably why she took the role that is probably the most tame in the film – playing the role of the girl most reluctant to take part in any of the debauchery that the other three so willingly dive into. Selena Gomez has created a very big career for herself and one that has been surprisingly free from scandal – there have never been any pictures of her in compromising positions, you don’t find tabloid pieces about her doing drugs or anything of that nature and, outside of her recently ended relationship with Justin Bieber, she has a tendency to keep a pretty low profile, in general, as far as her personal life is concerned. Where Selena is never low-profile, though, is in her music career and she has just released an absolutely brilliant new single, “Come & Get It,” which has a much more mature sound than anything she has done before. Check it out below.

As soon as I saw the cover image for Selena’s new single, “Come & Get It,” I knew that I wanted to do a tutorial for the look from it. It’s very dramatic and fun and, surprisingly, I had not ever done a Selena Gomez tutorial before! It definitely felt like time to remedy that situation, so I sat down in front of the camera, pulled out a bunch of products and realized, “Oh, you can’t really see too well what’s going on with her eye makeup in this look!” So, I had to do a little guess-work, but I could definitely tell that she was wearing a really bold, blue eye shadow and had a really cool smokey cat eye effect, as well as some pretty big false lashes… so, I kind of worked off of that. I really enjoyed the way the look came out and hopefully you guys will, too! Check it out below!

Selena CF 02
Selena CF 01
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PRODUCTS USED:
FACE:
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in 160 Ivoire W
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in Neutralizer
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Light/Medium
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in Teint Dore 03
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder in Original Chocolate
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Tease
EYES:
Urban Decay Vice Eye Shadows in Chaos, Occupy, Black Market, Laced, Anonymous & Armor
Victoria’s Secret Eye Liner in Extreme Black
Benefit They’re Real Beyond Mascara
2 Pair False Lashes from EBay
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
LIPS:
Flirt! Cosmetics Squeeze Me Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Bubbly BerryLike I said before, as well as in the videos, I definitely enjoyed “Spring Breakers” and recommend checking it out, although I will say that it’s definitely not going to be for everyone. Still, I think it really captures that Spring Break feeling, in a very gritty, raw sort of way – it’s the side of Spring Break that you don’t normally see on film! Even if you haven’t/don’t see the film, I hope you guys were able to enjoy this post! I also wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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